Wow! Four events down already and each one was more fun than the last. Everyone’s been into the van and excited to paint it, and we’ve had some fantastic artists make their (temporary) mark. So, let’s recap:
Event #1: Annapolis Arts and Crafts Festival, 6/11/11
This event was so much fun. After a light rain in the morning, we had a gorgeous, if a little hot, day. We had a great location next to a band playing a combination of kid’s songs, contemporary hits, reggae numbers and oldies. Did I mention it was HOT?! Marcus and I borrowed some umbrellas from the neighboring band to beat the heat. His was a perfect fit!
It was great to meet so many families from Annapolis and the rest of Southern Maryland!
Event #2: Columbia Festival of the Arts, 6/12/11
Holy cow, this was an amazing event. My favorite parts: 1) being in the shade of a parking garage, surrounded by artists; 2) the roving marching band that featured Cirque du Soleil type actors on stilts and unicycles; 3) the music! We had so many artistic folks come up and add to the van. Here are a few examples of their work:
I also want to share a few non-van photos. There was a sidewalk chalk competition next to us, and I was completely shocked by what people can do with this medium. Check these out:
This first one was the winner of the competition.
Thanks for the memories, Columbia!
Event #3: Taste of Reston, 6/18/11
This event smelled AMAZING. That might sound like a bizarre way to describe an event, but it’s true. The streets were lined with local eateries selling their signature dishes, and it just smelled great. We were hungry the whole day! And we were right by the carnival, so it was a very exciting day. Everyone was in a carnival mood!
Event #4: SunFest, 6/19/11
This event started with some rain, but after that cleared up, it was fantastic. There was this great parade to kick things off that featured these awesome puppets:
The event was great – a lot of people stopped by to learn about VFC and contribute to the art van.
I did this last one. How pretty are those rainbow letters?
So, next weekend Marcus will be taking the van out to Rootsfest in Baltimore on the 26th and 27th. I won’t be there (summer vacation! Woohoo!), but come out and see him! Then on the 3rd of July, come see him at the Annapolis First Sunday Arts Festival.